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Incubi & Succubi

Posted by Stephanie Crowe on 6/7/2015 to Occult Weekly
In the pharmaceutical epoch this day and age, if you have trouble sleeping, a trip to a medical professional can often solve the problem.  Depending upon the issue at hand, you might be diagnosed with Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Somnambulism, Cataplexy, Parasomnia, Sleep Paralysis, or one of the many other sleep-related disorders.  In most cases, the doctor is able to write down a complex word on a piece of paper, which enables you to get proper medication from the pharmacy to relieve yourself of this sleep burden.  However, this was not always the case.  Diagnoses for sleep-related problems throughout history have been religious in nature, often related to the supernatural.  I can certainly take the doctor’s word that this pill in my hand will generate the necessary chemicals to overcome the cerebral dysfunction causing this disorder.  Alternatively, I can choose to think that this pill protects me from all Incubi, the nefarious demons of the night.
 
One of the first conclusions regarding a sleep disorder was that a demon imposed itself upon the sleeping individual, causing the difficulty – whether it be excess noises, inability to stay asleep, paralysis, pain, or terror.  At first these demons were thought to have been of different genders.  The male demons, or Incubi (singular Incubus), would prey upon females, while the female demons, or Succubi (singular Succubus) would victimize sleeping males.  They were said to be strictly heterosexual.  The terms Incubus and Succubus are derived from Latin, though these demons have been known by many different names depending upon the region.
 
In legend, when an individual was asleep an Incubus or Succubus (depending upon the individual’s gender) would take human form and have sexual intercourse with the person or perhaps just sit upon their chest.  Thus, when an individual complained of chest problems, nightmares, the sensation of paralysis, nocturnal emissions, or a similar condition while asleep, most people of the time deemed this to be a result of a demonic visit.  It was also believed that if an individual did not take precautionary measures and an Incubus or Succubus regularly called upon the same person, it would result in serious deterioration of health, or even death.
 
What precautionary measures could be taken?  According to Kramer’s Malleus Maleficarum, there existed five such ways in which a person could expel a nocturnal demon.  They could exorcise the demon when inside of the individual, perform Sacramental Confession, Sign of the Cross (or recite the Angelic Salutation), they could move away, or ask to be excommunicated.  Today, the solutions to the problems of the Incubi and Succubi are usually found within the medical field.
 
The concept of these nocturnal demons has been present since the first civilization.  Found within the Sumerian King List of ancient Mesopotamia is the first references to the idea.  Gilgamesh’s father, Lilu, is an Incubus, affecting the sleep of others, as is Lilitu a female Succubus.  The problem only grew from here.  Around the fourth century A.D. St. Hippo of Augustine declared in his De Civitue Dei that the Incubi problem was much too large to ignore.  Around 1136 A.D. Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote in his Historia Regum Britanniae that Merlin, the great wizard, was begat by a king’s daughter and an Incubus.  This added the idea that these demons could reproduce through humans.  Furthermore, Sir Thomas Aquinas stated that demons did not have a true gender, but rather could take any form in which they please.  From the dawn of man until recent times, there was great fear of Incubi and Succubi, though this long phase has seemed to come to an end.  Do you think that this is because humanity has eradicated these demon attacks, or are they just known by another name?

Comments

Date 6/7/2015
riley s.
i truelythink these things are real i know its not what most people talk about but if people dont take drugs and are not by poller and have no mentel problems this must be a demon or demons i think mybe it could run in the family as well this could be really true but we dont really think of all of this in real life thank you for your news letter for june i care about you all and as fare as i am conserned we are real friends we are friends 7
Date 6/7/2015
Susan L W.
People just manage stress differently. Sleeping pills allowed for sleep. Herbs, too. Psychology taught us to make friends with our demons. Get rid of them by acknowledgement and learning to change our lives. Man's worst enemy has always been himself. People try hard to solve the problems that keep them awake. We have more control of our lives today. And there is better living through better chemistry. Safer and better medicine and less superstition about disease. We don't blame it on demons anymore.
Date 6/7/2015
Carmelita C.
We have different version in Navajo Indian culture of these demons, it they make you feel heavy on the chest or suffocating feelings they say it is these creatures who sit on you. They also make you drool in your sleep is another thing I heard. I can't translate the name to english but they are sexual in nature as well is how my people describe them.
Date 6/7/2015
Sandy F.
I found this very interesting. Would you need to do it like a regular exorcism ...
Date 6/8/2015
Teresa L
I know first hand they are real. We moved to a house in the country. This dark shadow stood at the end of my room , I was a fraud to go to sleep. I tried to tell my parents but I received a whipping every time I said something about it. One night it went by my bed to the other end of the house where my parents sleep. My parents could not move. The next day when my sister and I got home from school , mom had packed our clothes and left the rest of our belongings in the house. I never could figure out why it didn't bother me ,I was terrified of it. Our live completely changed after that night. We don't talk about it much, but will forever be imprinted in our memery
Date 6/28/2015
Lori M.
I am certainly not an expert in regards to the existence of demons. There is, without any doubt in my limited educated mind, that evil, as we define the the word exists. But, I have to comment because of the young lady's comment above in which she received a "whipping", when she brought up her fear. I'm guessing, but that type of action as a response to a child is my definition of one of the characteristics of a demon type of behavior. Maybe the parents finally received some of their own cruel behavior back, and that's what scared them out of the home. For some reason I doubt their children's fear had anything to do with the decision to vacate so abruptly. I am a strong believer in Karma, and the concept of the Rule of Three. Seems that Demon may have been trying to protect the child in this situation.
Date 6/28/2015
Lori M.
I am certainly not an expert in regards to the existence of demons. There is, without any doubt in my limited educated mind, that evil, as we define the the word exists. But, I have to comment because of the young lady's comment above in which she received a "whipping", when she brought up her fear. I'm guessing, but that type of action as a response to a child is my definition of one of the characteristics of a demon type of behavior. Maybe the parents finally received some of their own cruel behavior back, and that's what scared them out of the home. For some reason I doubt their children's fear had anything to do with the decision to vacate so abruptly. I am a strong believer in Karma, and the concept of the Rule of Three. Seems that Demon may have been trying to protect the child in this situation.
Date 2/4/2016
Fanci
I know the law of 3. I believe in karma,I live by it as the law of 3. I have been celibate 1 year 2/14/16. I have been tormented since puberty by a dark figure that calls to me and says "come to me I am death". I have nightly nocturnal visits. When younger it was female and then progressed to both male and female. I am bi sexual. The longer I am celibate the more aggressive they are. Just last night I was "visited" and tormented. It revealed its name to me and said "not to reveal his/her name or it would only be worse on me." I prayed, I burned safe,and prayed to the Mother of all living creatures to hold me to her bosom and protect me & rock me to sleep. I was relieved and slept soundly from 10:30 pm (the time of the attack) until 7:00 am but I woke up screaming and scaring the cats and dogs because I was burning up hot. I felt like I was on fire. I am a firm believer of the supernatural. Ghost hunters of Memphis is coming out tomorrow night after repeated pleas. My home burned down 7/4/15 and I lost 3 of my animal babies. It is a very old home & neighborhood.i rebuilt & stayed. As anyone knows when construction to old homes is going on it only stirs up more of the supernatural activity. I just moved back in @ thanksgiving. I see dark shadows, streaks both dark & light, spheres of light, and lights go off & on at 3/4 am as do doors open & shut of their own accord. I am not a drinker or a druggy. I am an eclectic mix of pagan & Catholic. I DO believe!
Date 2/4/2016
Fanci
I know the law of 3. I believe in karma,I live by it as the law of 3. I have been celibate 1 year 2/14/16. I have been tormented since puberty by a dark figure that calls to me and says "come to me I am death". I have nightly nocturnal visits. When younger it was female and then progressed to both male and female. I am bi sexual. The longer I am celibate the more aggressive they are. Just last night I was "visited" and tormented. It revealed its name to me and said "not to reveal his/her name or it would only be worse on me." I prayed, I burned safe,and prayed to the Mother of all living creatures to hold me to her bosom and protect me & rock me to sleep. I was relieved and slept soundly from 10:30 pm (the time of the attack) until 7:00 am but I woke up screaming and scaring the cats and dogs because I was burning up hot. I felt like I was on fire. I am a firm believer of the supernatural. Ghost hunters of Memphis is coming out tomorrow night after repeated pleas. My home burned down 7/4/15 and I lost 3 of my animal babies. It is a very old home & neighborhood.i rebuilt & stayed. As anyone knows when construction to old homes is going on it only stirs up more of the supernatural activity. I just moved back in @ thanksgiving. I see dark shadows, streaks both dark & light, spheres of light, and lights go off & on at 3/4 am as do doors open & shut of their own accord. I am not a drinker or a druggy. I am an eclectic mix of pagan & Catholic. I DO believe!
Date 2/4/2016
Fanci

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